ON TASTE
GERARD, Alexander. O vkuse, tvorenie g. Zherarda, s priobshcheniem razsuzhdenii o tom zhe predmete g. D’Alamberta, Vol’tera i Monteskio. Perevod s Frantsuzskago [On taste, a work by Mr. Gerard, with additional dissertations on the subject by Mr D’Alembert, Voltaire, and Montesquieu. Translated from the French].
Moskva 1803. V Universitetskoi Tipografii. Izdano izhdiveniem Soderzhatelei onoi: Liubi, Gariia i Polova.  
3 parts in one vol., as issued, 8vo (202 × 122 mm), pp. [4], 272; a little soiling in the lower margin of p. 145, otherwise the odd spot only; a very good copy in contemporary tree calf, rubbed, corners worn, headcap chipped; old bookseller’s marks to the rear endpapers and a couple of cuttings pasted in.
First and only edition in Russian of Gerard’s Essay on Taste (1759), translated, as was often the case, via French (Essai sur le goût, 1766). ‘In its original form, An Essay on Taste contained Gerard’s own text, plus translations of brief works on the subject by Voltaire, D’Alembert, and Montesquieu which signalled his absorption of the French tradition in aesthetics. But the Essay was also distinctively Scottish in character, for Gerard blended the ideas of Hutcheson, Hume, and his Aberdeen contemporaries, and grounded his discussion of the principles of taste on the science of human nature … Because of its wide readership the Essay popularized the philosophical approach to the arts developed by Scots moralists in the early eighteenth century, and it quickly became a canonical text in the literature on taste’ (Oxford DNB).
Sopikov 2514. Not found in COPAC or WorldCat.
£1800   
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